The Belton Educational Foundation hosted its fourth annual Back-to-School Gala Aug. 1 at the Loch Lloyd Country Club.
Over 220 individuals attended the event which featured several special speakers. School therapist, Ellen Woodruff, spoke about the positive impact individual counseling has on students across the district. She shared two examples of individual students who had experienced better performance in the classroom after being provided the opportunity to participate in counseling.
Tricia Trutzel-Betts, spoke as a teacher grant recipient. Trutzel-Betts has received $8,000 from the Belton Educational Foundation over the years. The latest grant she received allowed her to purchase robotic kits. The students in Mill Creek’s gifted program have been so excited about this innovative opportunity that they gave up some of their lunch and recess time to work on the robots.
“I would arrive in the morning long before school started and I would have students sitting outside my classroom waiting to work on the robots,” Trutzel-Betts said.
Finally, former Foundation scholarship recipient and 2009 Belton High School graduate Andrew Bechtel shared about his educational experience at Belton and how it helped prepare him for college. Bechtel scored a 35 on the ACT and recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia magna cum laude with honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Heather McFarland, executive director of the Belton Educational Foundation, shared an update about the Foundation which has raised almost $1.8 million in support of education in the Belton School District.
The Back-to-School Gala raised $50,000 to support innovative programming in the Belton School District. The event was sponsored by Crabtree Transportation, Sodexo, GIFTS Fundraising, Piper Jaffray, Gail’s Harley-Davidson, CBIZ, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Burns and McDonnell, QuikTrip, ACI Boland, Country Club Bank, Friends of Chris Molendorp, Belton Regional Medical Center, and Kenneth and Suzette Southwick.